The world lost a musical giant when Maurice White died last week at 74
Young-Holt Unlimited scored with a ’68 hit … but was it them?
Maxine Nightingale delivered a British soul smash in 1976
Stevie Wonder broke new artistic ground with a trio of classic albums
Saying goodbye to Otis Clay and David Bowie
Happy New Year! In 1967, Aretha Franklin released “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” on Atlantic Records. The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with some help from Jerry Wexler, who also produced the single. The backing musicians included members of the legendary Swampers from Muscle Shoals — Spooner Oldham on keys, Tommy Cogbill on bass, guitarist Jimmy Johnson — along with King Curtis on sax, and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Aretha’s sisters Carolyn and Erma.
It’s New Year’s Eve! Everybody’s waiting for The Midnight Hour
Donny Hathaway’s 1970 single has become a holiday standard
Brook Benton scored a big comeback hit in 1960
A funked up cover of an already funky Bill Withers tune scored in ’74
Luther Ingram released his indelible soul classic in 1972
There is much to be thankful for today
Robert Parker and the legendary Wardell Quezergue collaborated on a ’65 smash
The world lost a musical giant when Allen Toussaint died this week
A rare foray into the ’80s for a neo-soul smash with a classic soul pedigree
The stars aligned in Muscle Shoals and produced a big hit for R.B. Greaves
JJ Jackson scored big with his classic dance hit in 1966 and again in 1969
Lee Dorsey had a string of classic Crescent City hits in the ’60s
Leon Haywood has had more than 20 R&B hits in a long and varied career.
A career of brilliant variety came to an end when Wilton Felder died this week
New York City had one big hit and a history of legendary connections
In the beginning, there was doo-wop … even at Stax.
James & Bobby Purify launched their career with a Muscle Shoals classic
An overlooked group, a legendary producer, and a songwriter I should have gotten to know better
A new compilation unearths obscure soul gems
In 1965 the jazz pianist scored the first in a string of pop hits
The brothers from Providence had their first big hit in 1973
The Persuaders recorded a big hit of their own and original versions of hits for others
The Manhattans were leading purveyors of romantic soul over a decades-long career
After two quick smash hits the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose began to fade from view